Today a gal on Facebook asked if it was ok to walk her dog on asphalt. The answer is that it’s probably way too hot and may burn your dog’s feet after a few seconds.
Tips for summer walks include:
Go earlier before it really heats up and/or go later in the day or early evening when it has begun to cool down.
Take shorter walks. Your dog probably will be hotter than you because of her coat. Some dogs have double coats, an over layer and an under layer which keeps them comfortable in colder weather. Try wearing a jacket when it’s hot and you’ll get an idea of what’s going on for your dog.
Dogs need lots of water so carry some for them. Stop every half hour and offer some cold water to your pal.
Dogs ventilate through their feet. Walk in damp and wet places if possible. Try and find trails near lakes and streams. Allow your dog to swim or wade. Allow time to catch their breath. It takes them longer to cool down.
Walk in the shade. Plot your course before you leave home to include the most trees and shady places to rest.
Run less with them. Running can overheat your dog and cause serious illness.
Offer ice cubes to play with at home or on the trail. Some dogs love them and can play with them happily until they melt.
Try and avoid rattlesnake hangouts. They’re already out and about.
Avoid tall grasses where the ticks gather. Check your dog thoroughly when you get home to remove any you find. Try a natural tick repellent. Ticks are appearing in many more states due to warmer weather. It’s no longer cold enough in the winter to keep the tick population in check all across the country.
NEVER EVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A CAR OR TRUCK. TEMPERATURES INSIDE CAN QUICKLY RISE TO DEADLY LEVELS!!!!
Bring snacks for both of you.
Have fun and make smart choices!